Today has been a hotbed of SAFC transfer gossip in the wake of Gus Poyet signing a new deal and signing Billy Jones on a free. Let's take a look at what all the noise is about...
Jordi Gomez is a new name on the apparent Poyet wish-list as the now free-agent and former Wigan player is reportedly in talks over a move to Wearside.
The link would fit in well with our approach to this transfer window, opting for Premier League experience over untried players from abroad. It would also represent a second, unspectacular signing and once more see us raid a relegated club (albeit Wigan were relegated a year ago) to boost our squad.
I'll be honest Gomez never really caught my attention as part of Roberto Martinez's relegated Wigan team, but would represent an attack-minded midfielder which is something we do lack at the moment. At 28, he is probably as good as he will get and whether that is good enough keeps me sceptical unfortunately. That's assuming of course he is signed with consistent first team football in mind which may not be the case, he may well serve a more handy replacement from the bench.
Next, another relegated player, Norwich's John Ruddy has been the latest goal keeper linked with filling Oscar Ustari's vacant number two spot. Other clubs such as Arsenal and Crystal Palace are also in the report as interested, but in the truth the rumour is one of the more unlikely I've read.
I'm sure Ruddy, who is still seeking to establish himself internationally with England after missing out on the World Cup, is seeking guaranteed first team football for a start which we can't give him. Not only that, but the suggestion we would spend the apparent asking price of £6 million on a goalkeeper this transfer window seems very unlikely indeed. Another for the 'Reeto if you say so' pile.
The Daily Mail report that Liverpool, despite Brendan Rodgers' comments regarding his future at Anfield, are willing to do business on Fabio Borini. This comes as no surprise after reading his agent's comments which suggested his future is still up in the air - though a Premier League stay is almost certain.
The reported fee of £12 million is a massive stumbling block, whether or not Ellis Short is willing to bank roll such a transfer is unlikely. I'm sure there is room for negotiation with that but in all honesty we really need to be doing everything we can to ensure Borini is back in red and white next season. He is the kind of player we need on a permanent basis to finally start climbing the league table instead of being stuck in relegation battle after relegation battle.
Bafetimbi Gomis continues to be linked with Sunderland by more and more media outlets. The rumour has always seemed unlikely to me given his reported wage demands of £100k surely far and beyond what we are likely to be offering. Obviously, this is the calibre of player which would make a real statement as to our ambitions for the future.
It's worth pointing out too that, whilst he would command a huge wage and likely large signing on fee, given his pedigree, he would no doubt represent a fairly valuable asset for the future if we opted to sell.
There usually is no smoke without fire but in all honestly I think this will just smoulder away until it's eventually stamped out by the boot of believability.
Last and probably least is a tentative link with former Italian Under-21 international Daniele Dessena, currently plying his trade in Serie A with Cagliari.
The reports are purely speculated in Italy. The midfielder was highly thought of with "big expectations" for the future which never really materialised. Yep, this goes on the 'Reeto if you say so' pile too until it either disappears or more credible sources begin reporting it.
Loads seems to be bubbling away, we'll try and keep these updates coming with haste!